FAWM 2015

by The Contortionist

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released February 4, 2015

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The Contortionist Sheffield, UK

The Contortionist is me, Andy Hirst; usually alone, but sometimes with friends. We even had a proper band for a while (The Contortionist and The Wandering Boy Poets).

I've been in a load of bands over the years playing various things: drums in Nixon, The Broken Chairs, and The Purgatory Players, guitar in Situationists, guitar/keys/vocals in Japanese Sleepers and Fall Forwards.
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Track Name: Age
this age won't wait
it'll just keep on coming
as we all wait for the time of our lives to happen
I've spent so long just mulling it over
I've spent so long just waiting around
and I say
we're singing our hearts away

this rent will rise just enough for us all to feel lost
this stench will rise just enough for the crust at the top
We worked so long, we couldn't keep up
we worked so long, we couldn't give up
but I say
we're singing our hearts away

we sing, for us, for loss
Track Name: Carelessly Light
brother of mine
you're somewhere colder than I
(it wasn't always this way, I promise)
that home wasn't mine
the walls were dirtied with time
(it wasn't always this way, I promise

and now the road are marked
and cut into shreds
and all these years are marked
we couldn't, we couldn't
give an inch, a yard
or hundreds of miles
and yes I promise

because it didn't work
and now there isn't the time
to intervene its demise
we're walking carelessly light
because it didn't work
Track Name: Cut and Dried
sad little pictures hang on the wall
bless this house for the coming war
just hope that he sees them soon

there's no luck, only providence
to overcome this remorcefulness
you said it's cut and dried
you said it's cut and dried

but everything you asked for couldn't stop the rain

(oh, shout from the rooftops
over and over and over until this is done)
Track Name: Home
I've been holding out for years now
covered in this black soot
hiding from the sun

there was never anyone
for a hundred empty years
I awaited your return

when're you coming home?

sounds still echo through the hallways
disembodied voices forgot when I was young

when're you coming home?
Track Name: Remember Again
none of your friends are gone
no matter how bad it seems
pulled from the back of your mind
these images colour the air
under all the words you say
but there are no terms for this
no expression on your face
like mourning again for loss
but remember again - you're loved
Track Name: Murder Songs
and all this I overheard
the movement that shadowed the earth
underneath there was the shoreline singing
and I said nothing

and all this I overheard
remember the sound of the words
piece by piece there was a great crescendo
the quickening flow

pulled on the corner of us
and the whole thing fell apart
the quickening flow

coiled in the shape of our home
unravel us apart
coiled in the shape of our home
unravelled everywhere that we found

you're oh so righteous
and running scared
one-time abundance
is everywhere

murder songs
written by everyone
murder songs
written for everyone
Track Name: As The City Cries Out
howling voices screaming tired narration
never thinking to stop
we are mourning in this hollow vacuum
where the silence gives us up

empty seconds expand the distance
as the city cries out
drifting away, I let go of your hand
as the city cries out

for loss and light
cold hands spread out
moving out voices into frozen air
evaporating into the night
Track Name: Dressed for the Riot
I just can't fill this glorious space
the rot runs deep; it's what we've embraced

still we're too small and deeply ingrained
flies on the wall, always in the way

you will see me again in a different life
you will see us all again - I guarantee it

she was so quiet, dressed for the riot
chaos she can mediate
infinite means put to the fire
chaos she can mediate

all over town the people are singing
chaos they can't mediate
let's just sit back and wait for our demise
chaos we can't mediate
Track Name: Morning Haze
come on over, and show your obvious joy
at this hallowed place that we found
it's a pleasure just to see the smile on your face

we hide in the shade, and fall into pieces
and hope that this day will never end
we hide in the shade, and fall into pieces
and scatter them out

I am falling into this decadent place
that my heart is calling its home
but out here I feel this beautiful clarity

we hide in the shade, and fall into pieces
and hope that this day will never end
we hide in the shade, and fall into pieces
and scatter them out

we don't want help, but they disagree
in the morning haze we were so happy
Track Name: Glistening
staring right into your doubt
a thousand flaws in the dust
to speak in so many tongues
to bless us all with your love

staring right into your doubt
the sky has parted again
for all these terrified people
cover the earth in this rain

glistening, glistening
but not for long

you were wrong
and all this
and all this is gone
Track Name: A Thickness of Ice
and in these coming days you will become a burnt out light
in fits and bursts you move, and in your daze we will collide
on my breath, the sweetest smell, and in my hands the nectar has run dry
and every time you laugh I can see the spite drip from your eyes

as a child I'd listen to these quiet steps
you've become that storm in the back of my head

this runs in flights and drops, through patterns I'll never surmise
from deepest, darkest lows into the dizziest of highs
but the meanings of these words drift away under this moonlight sky
and scramble as I might, this will not end until the morning light

as a child I'd listen to those quiet steps
you've become that storm in the back of my head
for all that I have learned just cannot help me here
I have broken a thickness of ice formed by the years